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Parliamentary questions
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11 March 2020
E-001502/2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Salvatore De Meo, Antonio Tajani, Herbert Dorfmann
 Answer in writing 
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Economic consequences of fake coronavirus news

The public health crisis triggered by coronavirus is also hitting the agrifood industry hard. Many companies in Italy and elsewhere can no longer transport their goods or, therefore, complete orders, which is restricting consumption and exports.

Unfounded fear is setting in with regard to the current lack of free movement of people and goods within the EU.

In particular, incorrect and misleading information has even begun to spread, resulting in damage to the economy and the agri-food sector's image, as people are being told that the virus may be transferred by consuming agricultural products from possible virus hotspots.

In Italy, the fruit and vegetable sector and the resulting economic value chain account for more than 20% of national GDP and more than 10% of all exports.

In the light of the above:

Does the Commission plan to take steps to put the correct information out – that Covid-19 is not transferred through the consumption of agrifood products at all and that these products are in no way a risk to public health?

Original language of question: IT
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